A.S. in Medical Assisting

Degree Guide Key:
Traditional Day ProgramsWC
Evening & Weekend ProgramsSCD
Online ProgramsON
Graduate ProgramsGRAD

 

This program is offered 100% online or in a blended format. Students living within a reasonable distance (2-hour drive) of Midway College are expected to attend a clinical skills lab on campus prior to beginning Externship.

Midway College offers an Associate of Science Degree in Medical Assisting. The degree program features accelerated instruction and prepares students with an appropriate foundation of skills and knowledge directly applicable to the healthcare support industry. The program emphasizes writing; computer applications; clinical/laboratory procedures; medical vocabulary; structure and function of the human body and biology.

The degree is designed for students wishing to enter a multi-skilled profession which involves assisting healthcare practitioners, under direct supervision, in all aspects of medical practice. Medical Assistants perform administrative and clinical procedures, assist with patient care management and often conduct managerial functions. Students who successfully complete this program may be eligible for national credentialing.

Objectives of the program are to:
• Prepare a knowledgeable entry-level employee with technical skills and work habits necessary to perform effectively in a medical office or healthcare setting
• Utilize laboratory activities for preparation in all aspects of clinical medical assisting within an appropriate scope-of-practice
• Prepare the graduate to perform administrative and clinical skills required in the field
• Prepare the graduate to be qualified in medical assisting and prepared to pass the credentialing examination of choice

Learning Outcomes:
At the completion of the program, the graduate will be able to:
• Understand the medical assisting profession and scope of practice.
• Understand basics of human anatomy and physiology, nutrition, and body systems.
• Understand basic medical terminology.
• Understand principles of medical law and ethics.
• Understand psychology of human relations.
• Understand and demonstrate basics of pharmacology.
• Demonstrate basic keyboarding/computer concepts.
• Understand and demonstrate medical office administrative/business procedures and management.
• Understand and demonstrate medical office clinical procedures within the appropriate scope of practice.
• Understand and demonstrate medical laboratory procedures within the appropriate scope of practice.
• Understand concepts of career development.

Available through: ON

  Semester Hours
General Education Requirements 25
   
Medical Assisting Requirements* 22
Clinical Procedures for Medical Assisting (MAST 100) 3
Laboratory Procedures I (MAST 115) 4
Medical Office Management (MAST 120) 3
Laboratory Procedures II (MAST 200) 4
Externship I (MAST 205) 4
Externship II (MAST 210) 4
   
Supporting Requirements 14
Anatomy & Physiology for Medical Programs (BIO 100) 3
General Biology I (BIO 103) (Fulfills Natural Sciences requirement) 0
General Biology I – Lab (BIO 104)
(Fulfills Natural Sciences requirement)
0
Microbiology for Medical Programs (BIO 110) 3
Medical Vocabulary (BIO 204)*. 2
General Psychology (PSY 180)
(Fulfills the Behavioral or Sociological Sciences requirement)
0
Math for Meds (MA 106) 3
Software Applications (CS 235) 3
   
Elective 1
   
Total 62

*A minimum grade of "C" in all major courses required for graduation.

Online Program Technology Requirements:Moodle 2.x System Requirements
Hardware of Software Component Recommendation

Operating System

Windows XP or Mac OS X 10.4 (or higher)

Memory

512 MB

CPU

1.6 GHz

Free disk space

256 MB or more

Other

Sound card and speakers
(microphone and webcam/videotaping capability)

Browser

Mozella Firefox 1.5 or higher
(IE 6.0+ or Safari 1.2+ will work)

Browser Settings

Java, JavaScript and cookies enabled;
Popup blocker disabled

Internet Connection

DSL or broadband strongly recommended
(56K or greater will work)

Productivity Software

MS Office
(Open Office is a free alternative)

   

Other Requirements

 

Bandwidth

Must have access to a broadband
Internet connection that permits
access to multimedia course content.

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